If you’re native to Staten Island, or have lived here for some time, you’ve most certainly heard of Todt Hill, arguably, the most affluent neighborhood on the Island. Some of us may be fortunate enough to live here, but most of us just drive through it in awe, while using it as a shortcut to circumvent traffic.

It’s Not Your Average “Hill”

Todt Hill was formed from a 401-foot-tall hill of serpentine rock on Staten Island.

Did you know Todt Hill is the highest natural point throughout the five boroughs of New York City? What’s remarkable is that it’s also the highest elevation on the entire Atlantic coastal plain – from Florida to Cape Cod.

The summit of the ridge is largely covered in woodlands as part of the Staten Island Greenbelt,…

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Homes in the United States can save an average of up to $20,000 over 20 years, with solar paneling.

Solar energy is eco-friendly and can significantly reduce your energy bills. Making it a perfect energy alternative.  

If you are wanting to install solar panels to your home, there are a couple of things you will want to ask your service provider. 

Continue reading to discover some of the most important solar energy questions to ask your installer before hiring them! 

Solar Energy Questions

1. Do They Offer Free Quotes?

One of the most popular solar energy questions asked is if installers offer free quotes.

Many companies will come out to your home for free or consult with you to give a range of prices. These quotes will be able to provide you with crucial…

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Are you wondering 'why is my house not selling'? There are many reasons your home may not be selling as quickly as you thought it would. But don't lose hope, there is plenty you can do to get your home selling more quickly. 

Keep reading to figure out the reasons your home may not be selling, as well as some great solutions for what you can do to fix this problem. Ask yourself these questions so that you can make sure your house is sellable. 

Sell House Fast

Is It Accurately Priced?

Is your home priced fairly or too highly? A home that is priced too high in comparison to it's worth is a common reason a home won't sell.

A realtor or real estate agent can help you price your home so that it's comparable to the prices of other homes like yours on the…

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A real estate agent is a person whose business is to provide the selling or renting of houses, land, offices, or buildings for their sellers or buyers. Each day is unique to the next, and there is always something to learn in real estate!

A trustworthy real estate agent will do the following:

  • Keep up with the local real estate market. What are going rates? What are sellers closing costs break down? How much is transfer tax? What are the usual going rates of local real estate attorneys?
  • Stay up to date with active listings, acceptances, pending, and closed properties by constantly checking the MLS hot sheet.
  • Outline and regulate real estate appointments/showings, open houses, office meetings and business calls. 
  • Compose marketing…

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Property management can be described as operating, controlling, maintaining and overseeing buildings or properties. This mostly includes commercial and residential buildings, but there are other exceptions. The management of your properties can also be considered as property management even if it’s done by the owner of said property. To know more about it, you can check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Property_management.

Now, even though as a homeowner or a business owner you can take care of the management of your property all by yourself, it requires knowledge on the techniques and equipment to achieve it as well as training. 

That’s why you can also hire professional companies that can help you with this. Those professional companies are more than…

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The average building inspection costs anywhere between $200 and $450. 

The fee for a building inspection is just one of many that pile up when you are considering purchasing a residential or commercial property. While having your building inspected is necessary, it is important to make sure you are getting a quality inspection that will highlight problem areas that may result in costly repairs in the future. 

Read on for a short guide on how to get the most out of your building inspection. 

Building Inspections

1. Do Your Research

The first step in choosing a building inspector is to do your research and make sure you are hiring someone who is qualified and has a favorable track record. You can ask for recommendations from friends, family, and your real estate…

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Approximately 20% of homeowners have septic systems on their properties. The other 80% of homes are connected to city sewer systems.

If you recently purchased a home that has a septic tank, you'll need to learn how to maintain it. Learning how to care for a septic tank is essential if you want it to work properly and last as long as possible.

So, how do you maintain a septic tank? That's a great question to ask, and you're in the right place to find the answer to this question.

Here is a guide for you to follow to learn how to use your home's septic system correctly.

How To Maintain A Septic Tank

Learn How to Use the System Safely and Correctly

Before you do anything else, you must learn how to use your septic system. A home system is different than a city sewer…

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It's official, tax season has been pushed back to the summer. Just because the government is allowing people additional time to file doesn't mean you should be resting on your laurels if you can help it, though!

Now is a great time to start reviewing your records to see what kinds of awesome tax breaks you'll qualify for when you do file.

If you don't have well-kept records that outline your realtor income and expenses, we recommend you get organized because every bit of information you collect could help an accounting professional lower your tax burden.

Not sure where to start when it comes to income and expense tracking? Below, we share some pragmatic tips that can help you get on track.

Realtor Tax Tips

1. Get Spreadsheet Savvy

You're a realtor, so…

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There is some good news, indeed, in the midst of a crisis. . . 


As reported on silive.com, two Staten Island business owners, James Prendamano, CEO of Casandra Properties, and Dave Berman, owner of Gaeta Green Environmental Services, have partnered up and pledged a sizable donation to Staten Island University Hospital in an effort to fight Covid-19 and help their community. 

In speaking with John Demeolas, Executive Director of the SIUH foundation, Casandra Properties' James Prendamano learned what the hospital needed most during this pandemic: Temporary Negative Pressure Isolation rooms, or TNPI’s, as they are commonly called. These rooms are essential in preventing cross-contamination and the spread of infectious disease. Currently,…

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Mario Minelli is not only an incredible real estate agent, but he is also a great chef.  Here Mario is making his famous vegetable risotto.  Get to know more about Mario and his cooking style in this video.  Stick around until the end for the very funny bloopers.  

Vegetable Risotto Recipe

  • 3 cups of arborio rice
  • 1 cup fresh zucchini diced
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 cup canned tomatoes (you can use fresh tomatoes as well)
  • 3/4 stick of butter
  • 3/4 cup parmigiana cheese
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon

Mario's Vegetable Risotto

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